PROPERTY CRIMES continue to be the largest group of reported crimes in Greene County. Protect yourself and your family from becoming a victim of property crime: Lock It to Stop It. This is a program that was spearheaded by the Ozarks Fighting Back Advisory Board, and has since become an ongoing collaborative awareness campaign by the Springfield Police Department and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.
Making your home and car safer from crime starts with properly locked doors and windows. When people are victims of crimes, it is most often due to unlocked doors, garage doors standing open, or keys left in an unattended vehicle. By eliminating the opportunity, you will greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim. This means ALWAYS locking your doors and windows.
KEEP YOUR HOME SECURE:
- Make sure every external door has a sturdy, cylinder-type dead bolt lock with at least a one-inch throw.
- Sliding glass doors offer easy access if not properly secured. Install commercial locks or jam the door with a broomstick.
- Do not hide spare keys under a pot or a rock outside your home.
DOORS AND WINDOWS:
- Door chains break easily and do not keep intruders out.
- Ensure your windows lock properly, and keep them locked.
- A common entry point for burglars is a side door to a garage.
- Ensure yours has a deadbolt.
- Always keep your garage door closed even if you are home.
- Always keep doors from the garage into the house locked.
CHECK THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME AND YOUR CAR:
- Install outside lights and keep them on at night.
- Prune shrubbery so it does not hide doors or windows.
- If you travel, use timers to turn lights on and off in your home.
- Don’t let your mail or newspapers pile up.
- Always remove valuables from your vehicle, take your keys in the house, and lock your car.
- Never leave your car running and unattended.
- Do not leave GPS systems, cell phone, etc. in your car.
- Always remove your garage door opener from your car.
- Never leave checkbooks or credit cards in your car.
REMEMBER…NEVER leave valuables in your car, and ALWAYS lock your car. ALWAYS keep your garage door down and your house.
Download a “Lock It To Stop It” postcard.